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Salmon in Tomato, Thyme, and Ginger Sauce
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Salmon in a Tomato, Thyme and Ginger Sauce

Pondicherry (or Podduchery) is a small area in southern India. A former French colony, the town retains a very prominent French influence on the culture, traditions, and food of this region which results in a unique cuisine that combines French flavors with traditional South Indian spices. This simple, tangy fish creation, with light overtones of thyme, is based on something I chanced on several years back in a New York restaurant called Pondicherry. If you do not have thyme, you can use ajowain or carom seeds.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Keyword: easy dinner recipes, salmon
Servings: 6
Calories: 211kcal
Author: Diabetic Foodie


  • 2 pounds wild-caught salmon fillets skin on
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves optional
  • 1 medium white onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2-3 green Serrano chilies minced
  • 3 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro


  • Cut the salmon into 2-inch pieces. Rub with the turmeric and half the salt. Set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a skillet. Add the mustard seeds and when they crackle add the curry leaves if using.
  • Add the onion, ginger, and green Serrano chilies and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are soft and translucent.
  • Add the tomatoes, the remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and the thyme and cook on low heat until the tomatoes are nice and soft and pulpy.
  • Stir in the basil and vinegar and gently add the salmon. Poach the salmon on low heat for 7 minutes. Do not overcook, it is important for the salmon to be just moist but not dried out.
  • Garnish with the cilantro and serve over rice, if desired.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 824mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg | Net carbs: 4g